Jeannine Ouellette has worked as a writer and editor for regional and national magazines and currently serves as Nonfiction Editor for Orison Books and reviewer for Up the Staircase Quarterly. She is the author of the books Mama MoonA Day Without Immigrants, and Hurricane Katrina, and co-author of The Good Caregiver, among others. Her fiction, creative nonfiction, narrative journalism, and poetry have appeared in numerous publications. She is the recipient of a 2015 Curt Johnson Fiction Award, a 2016 Proximity Essay Award, a 2017 Masters Review Emerging Writer's Award,  two recent Pushcart nominations, as well as awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Medill School of Journalism. Jeannine serves as a mentor for the Association of Writers and Writing Program's Writer-to-Writer Program as well as for the Minnesota Prison Writers Workshop, and she is the founder and director of Elephant Rock, an independent creative writing program in Minneapolis. She recently completed her first novel.